Monday, September 27, 2010

NBC Meet the Press: Education (according to Michelle Rhee)

On Sunday, Sept. 26, Meet the Press with David Gregory dealt with education, interviewing Arne Duncan and Washington DC School System chancellor Michelle Rhee, as well as Randi Weingarten (president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFT).

Weingarten emphasized the need for better curricula and teacher development tools. Rhee said that the weeding out of the worst performing teachers was done because the kids deserved better. Weingarten insisted that teachers do need some time to develop, but admitted that eventually ineffective teachers have to go. Gregory said that as a parent, he wanted ineffective teachers removed immediately. Rhee discussed the automated tools that schools have to evaluate how well students of any teacher did.

Rhee would not discuss whether she would remain this year as DC Chancellor, or go to California and work there for another school system after marriage.

They also discussed Mark Zuckerberg’s “private” donation to the Newark Schools, and Gregory said he had seen an advance screening of Paramount Vantage’s “Waiting for Superman.”

Gregory also interviewed some Republicans, one of whom wants to eliminate Obamacare.

The transcript for the entire broadcast is here.

MSNBC also held a teacher town hall Sunday "Education Nation" at noon, with Brian Williams (link ). Here's an excerpt. Note that a young teacher considers union rules superfluous, and getting in the way of education. Charter schools allow extra sessions on Saturdays if teachers think they need them.

Here's a "Fast Chat" from DC Public Schools with an interview with Michelle Rhee.

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